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UTEP’s Larson Named C-USA Setter of the Week

UTEP Volleyball’s Lindsey Larson was named the Conference USA Setter of the week, announced by the leagueon Monday. This is the first award of the junior’s career.

The Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada-native totaled 86 assist, 26 digs, 10 kills, eight blocks and two service aces over the course of the undefeated week for the Miners.

The junior recorded her 16th double-double of the season against UAB on Friday (11/6) with 53 assists and 19 digs while adding five kills, four blocks and a service ace.The setter then followed that performance with 33 assists, five kills, seven digs, four blocks and a service against Louisiana Tech on Sunday (11/8).

Larson is ranked eighth in C-USA as she averages 8.85 assists per set with a total of 974 assists.

UTEP will conclude C-USA action on the road this week as it faces Rice on Thursday at 5 p.m. (MT) in Houston, Texas and Western Kentucky on Saturday at 11 a.m. (MT) in Bowling Green, Ky.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Miners Sweep LA Tech on Senior Day

The UTEP Volleyball team defeated LA Tech. 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-23) on Sunday in Memorial Gym.

“We played aggressive in a way that caused them to make a lot of errors but we were also able to earn a lot of points ourselves.” Head Coach Holly Watts said. “Our goal was to earn a lot of points and we did that so I am pleased that we came out and took care of things that way.”

UTEP’s offense was led by Talia Jones as she captured 19 kills and a .300 hitting percentage. The senior also contributed seven digs. Lindsey Larson added to the offense as she secured 33 assists while adding seven digs, five kills and four blocks.

The match began with an intense first set as the teams fought point for point tying the score four times. With the score knotted at 24, a LA Tech error followed by a kill by Jones gave the first set to the Miners.

The Orange and Blue continued its success in the second frame as UTEP claimed the set 25-14.

Both teams fought hard in the third set, but the Miners remained focused as they did not allow LA Tech to take a lead in the entire stanza. With a powerful kill by Tatum Winter, UTEP would ultimately take the final set 25-23 and the match 3-0.

UTEP will now travel to Houston, Texas to face Rice for the second time this season on Thursday at 5 p.m. (MT). The Miners will conclude conference action on Saturday against Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky. at 11 a.m. (MT).

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP blows past UAB 3-1

The UTEP volleyball team defeated UAB, 3-1 (27-25, 25-16, 24-26, 25-16) Friday night in Memorial Gym.

UTEP is now 8-20 overall and 2-11 in Conference USA while UAB drops to 9-20 overall and 1-13 in league play.

Talia Jones led the Miners attack hammering 18 kills and posting a .351 hitting percentage against the Blazers. Junior Lindsey Larson recorded a match-high 53 assists and added 19 digs, five kills and four blocks.

The Miners hit a .276 efficiency and sustained the Blazers to a .169 hitting percentage. UTEP recorded 62 kills, 57 assists, 78 digs, 15 blocks and three service aces against UAB.

UTEP took an early lead in the match as they secured the first set 27-25 with a kill by Jones.

The Orange and Blue jumped out in the second set to a 19-14 lead forcing UAB to call a timeout. The

Miners went on a 9-2 run to claim the second set 25-16.

The third set was a tight battle as the teams fought point for point. There were four tied scores but UAB dominated and took the set 26-24.

After taking a 2-1 lead, the Miners were able to keep the momentum going as they began the fourth frame leading 16-8. The blazers were unable to respond and UTEP closed out the set 25-16 and the match 3-1 with a kill by Jones.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Western Kentucky sweeps UTEP Volleyball

The UTEP volleyball team fell to No. 22 Western Kentucky, 0-3 (25-27, 18-25, 15-25) in Memorial Gym on Sunday.

The Miners drop to 7-20 overall and 1-11 in Conference USA while Western Kentucky moves to 24-3 and 11-1 in C-USA.

Talia Jones paced the offense with nine kills and added a dig and a block. Junior Lindsey Larson notched 21 assists, seven digs, seven kills, two blocks and a service ace. Freshman Kylie Baumgartner recorded six kills, five blocks and a dig.

The match opened up to a point for point battle in the first set as the score saw 12 ties and seven lead changes. A kill from Larson tied the frame at 25 but the Hilltoppers responded with back-to-back kills to claim a 27-25 set victory.

 UTEP trailed 9-13 but kept it close early in the second frame until a 6-1 run by Western Kentucky extended its lead to 19-10. The Miners went on a 3-0 run of their own late in the set but it was not enough as the Toppers took the stanza 25-18.

The teams went back and forth early in the third but Western Kentucky extended the lead once again with a 9-1 run. UTEP was only able to hammer two more set points as the Toppers ultimately claimed the frame 25-15 and the match 3-0.

The UTEP volleyball team will continue in action at home as they set to battle it out against UAB on Friday at 3 p.m. (MT) and Louisiana Tech at 1 p.m. (MT) on Sunday.

Author: UTEP Athletics

North Texas tops UTEP Volleyball

Denton, Texas- The UTEP volleyball team battled North Texas in a tight match, but the Mean Green picked up a 3-1 victory in the North Texas Volleyball Arena on Thursday.

Talia Jones led the offense with 18 kills while Sarah Villa notched 22 digs. Junior Tatum Winter contributed five blocks and six digs to the Miner’s defensive efforts. Setter Lindsey Larson notched her 15th double-double of the season with 34 assists and 11 digs and added five kills and four blocks.

North Texas (15-11, 7-4 C-USA) set the tone in the first set with a service Ace from Alex Janak to lead, 1-0. UTEP (7-19, 1-10 C-USA) kept the match close until the Mean Green fired off a 4-0 run to extend their lead, 19-10. North Texas ended the set with a kill by Alexis Wright to win, 25-17.

The Mean Green opened the second set with a 3-1 run. The Orange and Blue fought back and tied the score nine times before North Texas capped a 25-20 set victory.

UTEP opened the third set with a 5-0 run to force a North Texas timeout. The Miners led 21-13 before a kill by Dillard sparked an 8-1 run for the Mean Green. The Orange and Blue responded two continuous set points and ultimately claimed the third stanza, 25-22.

Both teams fought point for point in the fourth set as the score saw 12 ties and four lead changes. An error by the North Texas tied the score at 25 but it scored two set points to win the final frame, 27-25.

The Miners will return to Memorial Gym on Sunday to face No. 22 Western Kentucky at 2 p.m. (MT).

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP Volleyball set to face North Texas, Western Kentucky

The UTEP volleyball team will travel to Denton, Texas to take on North Texas on Thursday at 4 p.m. (MT). The Miners will return to Memorial Gym to take on Conference USA leader Western Kentucky at 2 p.m. (MT).

The Miners will face North Texas for the second time this season as they fell in three sets (19-25, 21-25, 21-25) to the Mean Green in Memorial Gym on Sept. 25. Coline Coessens led the Miners attack with 12 kills and nine digs. Junior setter Lindsey Larson, registered 27 assists while adding eight digs, five kills and three block assists.

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Series:  This Thursday will be the 15th match between UTEP and North Texas, and the second of this season. The last meeting between the Miners and the Mean Green (9/25/15) resulted in a loss for UTEP despite the effort put up by the Miners, who ultimately fell 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-21).

Sophomore Coline Coessens paced the Miners’ offense with team-high 12 kills while pitching in nine digs and an assisted block. Junior Lindsey Larson aided the offense with 27 assists while senior Ashley Peak led the team with 11 digs.

As the Miners picked up the intensity for the final set, both teams fought point-for-point as a service error by the Mean Green tied the score at 19 but a 6-2 run allowed the Mean Green to extend its lead and ultimately claim the set 25-21, and the match 3-0.


North Texas is seventh in Conference USA (6-3) while sporting an overall record of 14-10. The Mean Green is led by senior outside hitter Carnae Dillard with 519 kills (5.35 per set) while Holly Milam (194 kills), Amanda Chamberlain (156 kills), and Alexis Wright (142 kills) are the next three leading attackers.

Amy Henard boasts the most assists with a total of 873 (9.70 per set). Dillard (285 digs/ 2.94 per set) and Henard (210 digs/ 2.33 per set) are also defensive leaders while Holly Milam tops the team with 76 blocks.


Series: This Sunday will only be the third match up between the two teams. The previous two meetings occurred last year. In their first meeting ever (10/19/14), the Miners fell 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-16) as the Lady Toppers outlasted the Miners’ efforts.

Talia Jones regulated the Miners’ offense with 10 kills from the outside, Coline Coessens boasted five kills, Lindsey Larson aided with 24 assists, and Sarah Villa led the defense with 10 digs.  When the two teams met again (11/13/14), Coessens and Jones paced the Miners’ efforts with seven kills apiece, however WKU would go on to take the last set, 25-10 as it held UTEP to a negative attack percentage; UTEP ultimately fell 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-10).


With a 10-0 Conference USA record and 23-2 overall, The Lady Toppers’ success on the court has garnered WKU votes in the AVCA poll, ranking the team No. 22 in the nation.  The Lady Toppers are led by Alyssa Cavanaugh and Noelle Langenkamp, who have tallied 289 kills (3.40 per set) and 296 kills (3.06 per set), respectively.

Sophomore Jessica Lucas, who was named this week’s Conference USA’s Setter of the Week, leads the Lady Toppers in assists with a total of 962 (10.93 per set). WKU defensive specialist Georgia O’Connell paces the Lady Toppers in digs, racking up a total of 341 (3.88 per set), while Lucas follows with 233 digs (2.65 per set).


UTEP returns three starters and eight letter winners while adding six freshmen and a transfer. With a squad of 15, the Miners have six outside hitters, four defensive specialist, three middle blockers and two setters. Talia Jones, Lindsey Larson and Ashley Peak are the returning starters for the 2015 campaign. Coline Coessens is sitting out the remainder of the 2015 season due to a non-injury medical issue.


Junior libero Sarah Villa was named the Conference USA Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 26. The libero notched a total of 73 digs (6.64 per set) and six assists through the three tough road matches (NM State, Southern Miss and UTSA) this past week.

The junior recorded 12 digs against I-10 rival NM State on Oct. 20 in Las Cruces, N.M. She also set a C-USA record for digs in an individual match with 45 while forcing Southern Miss to five sets on Oct. 23 in Hattiesburg, Miss. In the match-up against in-state rival UTSA (Oct. 25), the El Paso native tallied 16 digs and an assist.

This was Villa’s first honor of 2015 and of her career.


Since becoming the starting libero in her junior season, Sarah Villa has been picking up every attack that comes her way. In 2015, Villa has 14 double-digit dig performances and has picked up 20+ digs a total of seven times. The El Paso, Texas native, has 341 digs this season and 4.49 digs per set to go along with 43 assists and six service aces.



Five Miners (Coline Coessens, Ashley Grzebeniak, Lindsey Larson, Dalainee Perry and Kylie Baumgartner) have registered a double-double this season. They have accumulated 30 total double-doubles, which is the most since 2006 when the team closed out the season with 39.

Larson has recorded a team-best 14 double-double performances with a career-best 62 assists and 27 digs in the victory against Brown University (9/11).

Coessens followed with nine total double-doubles before a non-injury medical issue sidelined her. She will miss the rest of the season. The sophomore led the Miners to a win against Southeast Missouri State (9/18) with a season-best 22 kills and 10 digs. Perry has accumulated three, with a career best against South Alabama (9/5) where she tallied 16 kills and 12 digs.

Grzebeniak has compiled two with a season-best 15 kills and 13 digs against Marshall (10/16). Baumgartner notched her first double-double last week against Southern Miss (10/23) where she picked up 11 kills and 10 blocks.


The Miner starting lineup includes three newcomers (Ashley Grzebeniak, Maddie Morgan and Kylie Baumgartner), while returning only two starters from the previous season (Lindsey Larson and Ashley Peak). Grzebeniak has tallied 87 kills, 15 assists, eight service aces, 176 digs and 19 blocks. Morgan has registered 115 kills, 91 blocks, 40 digs, nine assists and five service aces. Baumgartner has recorded 117 kills, 105 blocks, 17 digs and five assists.


The Miners have been pretty efficient on limiting errors in 2015. UTEP has been charged with only 530 errors, while opposing teams have committed 587 infractions on the offensive end. The same goes for serves; the Orange and Blue are serving at a .944 clip with only 114 errors. The opponents’ serving percentage has only been .917 and they have committed 183 errors.


UTEP has accumulated 234.5 total blocks, which equates to a 2.44 blocks per set average, ranking the squad second in Conference USA. This is the highest average UTEP has achieved since 2012 when it averaged 2.36 blocks per set. Team leaders Xitlali Herrera and Jean Horton became AVCA Division I All-American honorable mention selections that season.


Freshman Kylie Baumgartner ranks second in Conference USA in blocks per set with 1.15. Junior libero Sarah Villa is third in the league with 4.49 digs per set. Setter Lindsey Larson is ranked seventh with 8.68 assists per set. As a whole, the Miners lead the league with 17.50 digs per set, and are second with 2.44 blocks per set.



UTEP ranks fifth in the nation with 17.50 digs per set and fourth with 1,680 total team digs, according to the NCAA stats released on Oct. 25. The Miners are seventh in team attacks per set (38.17) and team total attacks (3,664). The Orange and Blue also rank 10th in team total blocks with 234.5. Individually, Kylie Baumgartner is 29th nationally with 105 total blocks. Lindsey Larson is 68th with 833 total assists.



Four Miners (Ashley Peak, Lindsey Larson, Sarah Villa, Coline Coessens) have registered 200 or more digs in 2015. Villa leads the team in digs per set (4.49) with a total of 341. Larson has posted 302 digs, and she is averaging 3.15 digs per set. Peak has picked up 289 total digs, which is 3.40 digs per set on average. Coessens tallied 205 digs in 74 sets before being sidelined due to a non-medical issue.

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Sarah Villa Named ConferenceUSA Co-Defensive Player of the Week

UTEP volleyball’s Sarah Villa was named the Conference USA Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. This is Villa’s first award of 2015 and her career.

The libero notched a total of 73 digs (6.64 per set) and six assists through the three tough road matches (NM state, Southern Miss and UTSA) this past week.

The junior recorded 12 digs against I-10 rival NM State on Tuesday (Oct. 20) in Las Cruces, N.M. She also set a new C-USA record for digs in an individual match with 45 while forcing Southern Miss to five sets on Friday (Oct. 23) in Hattiesburg, Miss. In the match-up against in-state rival UTSA (Oct. 25), the El Paso native tallied 16 digs and an assist.

UTEP will continue C-USA action this week as it faces North Texas on Thursday in Denton, Texas at 4 p.m. (MT) and Western Kentucky on Sunday at 2 p.m. (MT) in Memorial Gym.

Roadrunners down Miners in straight sets 3-0

San Antonio, Texas- The UTEP volleyball team fell in straight sets to UTSA as the Roadrunners recorded a 3-0 victory on Sunday in the Convocation Center.

Dalainee Perry led the offense with nine kills, five digs and a block. Lindsey Larson aided the offense with 23 assists while adding nine digs, four blocks and a service ace. Sarah Villa led the defense in digs (16).

The Miners are now 7-18 overall and 1-9 in C-USA while UTSA moves to 15-7 and 6-2 in C-USA.

The match opened to six tied scores and two lead changes early in the first frame. A kill by Dajana Boskovic sparked a UTSA 6-2 run that would force UTEP to call a timeout. The Orange and Blue was unable to respond to the Roadrunner’s attack and UTSA claimed the first set 25-17.

The Miners tallied the first point of the second set with a kill from Perry. The teams fought back-and-forth but UTSA closed out the set 25-22 with a kill by Boskovic.

The point-for-point battle continued into the third frame as the score tied six times. A 4-0 run by the Roadrunners gave the team a 13-9 lead. The Miners stayed close behind through the remainder of the match but UTSA ultimately took the third set 25-21 and the match 3-0.

The UTEP volleyball team will continue on the road as it prepares to face North Texas at 4 p.m. (MT) on Thursday in Denton, Texas. The Orange and Blue will then face Western Kentucky at 2 p.m. (MT) on Sunday in Memorial Gym.

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP Volleyball drops Five-Set Decision to Southern Miss

Hattiesburg, Miss. – The UTEP volleyball team fell 2-3 (25-23, 33-31, 18-25, 18-25, 16-18) against Southern Miss on Friday.

Junior Sarah Villa earned herself a spot in the record book ranking first with 45 digs in a five-set match. Freshman Ashley Grzebeniak and Dalainee hammered 14 kills each while Kylie Baumgartner added 11.

Grzebeniak also recorded 15 digs, a service ace, an assist and two blocks as the freshman earned her third double-double in 2015.

Lindsey Larson aided the Miners all over the court as she contributed 38 assists, 11 digs, eight blocks, six kills and three service aces. The junior has now posted 14 double-double performances this season. Kylie Baumgartner led the team in blocks (10) while adding 11 kills for the Miners to notch her first career double-double of the season.

Both teams fought point for point as the first set saw 13 ties and five lead changes. A kill by Baumgartner followed by a Golden Eagle attack error would give the Orange and Blue a 25-23 win in the first frame.

Tensions were running high in the second set as the score saw 18 ties and six lead changes. A kill from Grzebeniak and Larson each would seal the second frame 33-31 for the Miners.

The Miners were unable to maintain the momentum coming out of intermission as Southern Miss took a 14-9 lead and never looked back. The Eagles took the third set 25-18.

Southern Miss once again stormed out in the fourth taking a 14-7 lead. The Orange and Blue were unable to regain the lead and the Eagles took the set 25-18 tying the match at 2-2.

The Miners were looking to close out the match in the fifth set but their efforts were not enough to defeat Southern Miss. The Eagles took the final stanza 18-16 and the match 3-2.

UTEP will continue on the road as it faces UTSA in San Antonio, Texas at 12 p.m. (MT) for the second time this season.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Rice upends UTEP in 3 sets; Miners now prep for Aggies

The Miners fell to Rice, 3-0 (21-25, 18-25, 19-25) on Sunday in Memorial Gym. UTEP is now 7-15 overall and 1-7 in C-USA action.

Senior Talia Jones led the Miners’ offense as she hammered 12 kills, two digs and two blocks. Junior Lindsey Larson registered 23 assists, seven digs, six blocks, three kills and two service aces. UTEP’s defense was led by libero Sarah Villa who secured 16 digs.

The squads opened the match exchanging point for point as they tied six times with two lead changes. A kill by Madison McDaniel triggered a 5-1 run by the Owls claiming the first set 25-21.

Both teams went back and forth tying the score eight times in the second frame. However, four consecutive kills gave the Owls a 17-13 lead and never looked back. Rice took the second set 25-18 and gained a 2-0 match lead going into intermission.

Rice would go on to take the third set, 25-19 as it held UTEP to a .000 hitting percentage.

“I think as a whole we are still making strides. I hate that it is the middle of October and we are still calling ourselves young. We don’t want to do that,” said head coach Holly Watts. “It is still a process of chemistry and everything but we need to continue to try and get it all together.”

UTEP volleyball will take on I-10 rival NM State at 7 p.m. (MT) in Las Cruces, N.M. on Tuesday.

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP drops heartbreaker to Marshall, 3-2 Friday night

The UTEP volleyball team fell in five sets to Marshall (25-23, 29-31, 25-17, 18-25, 14-16) on Friday in Memorial Gym.

Senior Talia Jones led the Miner’s attack posting 17 kills and two digs, while Sarah Villa notched 37 digs. Setter Lindsey Larson registered 49 assists and chipped in 18 digs, six blocks and three service aces.

The Miners posted 61 kills, 56 assists, 98 digs, 18 blocks (4s/14a) and eight service aces but it was not enough to upset the Thundering Herd who recorded 65 kills, 60 assists, 94 digs and 14 blocks (2s/12a).

The squads fought point for point as the set saw 10 tied scores and three lead changes. A setting error by the Miners tied the score at 22’s but a strong kill by Kylie Baumgartner sealed the set for the Orange and Blue, 25-23.

Once again the squads went back and forth tying the score 14 times in the second frame. A kill by Idalis Rodriguez tied the score at 29’s but the Herd claimed the set, 31-29.

The intensity continued into the third set as the score tied six times. However, UTEP picked up a 11-9 lead and never looked back. The Miners captured the set 25-17 taking a 2-1 match lead.

The Herd fought back taking a 10-6 lead early in the fourth set. The Miners were unable to match Marshall’s momentum as it took the set 25-18 tying the game once again, 2-2.

Much like the previous sets, the squads continued to fight tying the score seven times in the final stanza. Back to back Marshall errors gave UTEP a 13-11 lead but the Herd was able to pick up a 5-1 run to come out on top, 16-14.

UTEP will look to bounce back when it plays Rice at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Memorial Gym.

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP Volleyball grabs 3-1 victory over Middle Tennessee State

 The UTEP volleyball team earned a 3-1 (26-28, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18) victory against Middle Tennessee State on Sunday at Memorial Gym.

UTEP is now 7-10 overall and 1-2 in Conference USA as Middle Tennessee State drops to 3-14 and 1-2 in league play.

Outside hitters Coline Coessens and Ashley Grzebeniak hammered a team-best 14 kills and 10 digs each. Grzebeniak clipped a .364 hitting percentage while Coessens recorded a .235 efficiency and added seven blocks. Talia Jones followed with 12 kills and five digs as Lindsey Larson secured 44 assists for UTEP’s offense.

The match began with a close first set as the squads tied the score 12 times. Tied at 26’s the Blue Raiders closed out the set 28-26 with a kill by Miri Shade.

UTEP stormed back in the second set leading throughout most of the set. The Miners claimed the second frame 25-20 to tie the match at 1-1.

After picking up the momentum in the second frame, UTEP dominated in the third set clipping a .308 hitting percentage. The Miners took the third set 25-22 to take a 2-1 match lead.

Middle Tennessee responded with another point for point battle in the fourth set. However it would not be enough to stop the Miners. UTEP claimed the stanza 25-18 and the match 3-1.

The Miners will continue in action as they hit the road to take on Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla. on Friday at 5:00 p.m. (MT) and Florida International in Miami, Fla. on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (MT).

Author: UTEP Athletics


UTEP Volleyball snags 1st sweep of 2015

Peoria, Ill.- UTEP got its first sweep of the 2015 season against Bradley in its final game of the Bradley Invitational Saturday at the Renaissance Coliseum. The Miners won 3-0 by scores of 32-30, 25-19 and 25-17.

Junior Lindsey Larson guided her team handing out 34 assists and 12 digs registering her 10th double-double of the season. Sophomore Coline Coessens led the offense with 15 kills and 15 digs. The outside hitter now has seven double-doubles in 2015.

Senior Talia Jones and Sophomore Dalainee Perry both notched nine kills while Sarah Villa led all players with 23 digs.

The thrilling first set had 17 tied scores and nine lead changes. Both teams fought point-for-point but the Miners took the set 32-30 with the help of seven kills and six digs from Coessens. Larson tallied 18 assists and six digs while Villa added 10 digs.

Fueled by the opening-frame victory, UTEP wasted no time getting an early advantage in the second set. The Orange and Blue led 15-5 before the Braves could pick up momentum. The early advantage allowed the Miners to come out with a 25-19 win in the second set.

The third stanza started off similar to the first before the Miners were able to put a buffer between themselves and the Braves at 21-14. UTEP continued its pace and ultimately claimed the set 25-17 and the match 3-0 to register their first sweep of the season.

The Miners will open conference play on the road on Monday at 4 Charlotte, N.C. against the Charlotte 49ers in Halton Arena.

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UTEP Volleyball victorious over South Alabama 3-2

Nashville. Tenn.- The UTEP volleyball team won a thrilling five-set match over South Alabama (19-25, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, 16-14) at the Belmont Bruin Invitational on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. The win earned the Miners their second win of the season.

Senior Talia Jones had a great start tallying 6 kills in the first frame. Defensive specialist Ashley Peak and outside hitter Coline Coessens both notched 7 digs. However, a kill by Emma Anderson allowed South Alabama to take the initial set 25-19. UTEP made a strong comeback in the second set with an attack percentage of .341.

The Miners held the Jaguars to a .033 attack percentage and three consecutive kills by Dalainee Perry sealed the set for the Miners at 25-17 and tied the match 1-1.

The back-and-fourth battle continued in the third frame as the score was tied eight times. South Alabama’s Mechell Daniel won the set 26-24 with two consecutive kills. UTEP retaliated once again in set four and ultimately took the frame 24-20.  In the fifth set, both squads fought point for point tying the score seven times.

After being tied at 14, Kylie Baumgartner hammered a kill to put the Miners ahead by one point. Baumgartner and Coessens delivered a strong block to take the set 16-14 and the match 3-2.

Three athletes (Dalainee Perry, Coline Coessens, and Lindsey Larson) notched double-doubles. Sophomore outside hitter Dalainee Perry led UTEP’s attack with 16 kills, 12 digs and three serving aces. Sophomore outside hitter Coline Coessens followed in suit with 14 kills, 18 digs and four assists. Junior setter Lindsey Larson notched a career-best 59 assists, 15 digs, six kills and five blocks.

Freshman middle blocker Maddie Morgan Defensive specialist Ashley peak notches a team-best 31 digs and four assists. Senior outside hitter Talia jones hammered 15 kills, 2 digs and a block. Freshman Kylie Baumgartner contributed 10 kills, three blocks and two digs.

UTEP will host their first home matches of the season at the Don Haskins Center next weekend as part of the Borderland Invitational. The Miners will compete against Denver on Thursday (9/10) at 7 p.m. (MT), Brown (11 a.m. MT) and Robert Morris (7 p.m. MT) on Friday in a double-header matchup.

UTEP’s final match of the tournament will be against the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday at 12 p.m. (MT).

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP Volleyball Begins 2015 Campaign on the Road

The UTEP volleyball team will begin the 2015 campaign with three matches on the road. The Miners will take on SMU in the TCU tournament on Friday at 10 a.m. in Dallas, Texas.

The Orange and Blue will then head to Fort Worth, Texas for a double-header on Aug. 29 against Abilene Christian at 9 a.m. and TCU at 5 p.m.

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Series: This will be the 29th match between the two former Conference USA foes on the court. The Mustangs hold a 20-8 advantage over the Orange and Blue. The last meeting (11/02/12) in between the two saw the Miners take a spirited victory over SMU at Memorial Gym.

SMU returns six of seven starters, including 2014 American Athletic Conference Libero of the Year Morgan Heise and 2013 conference Setter of the Year Avery Acker, from a program record 26-6 campaign in 2014. The Mustangs won an SMU-record 11 consecutive matches, including a 3-2 victory over then-No. 24 Oklahoma, the program’s first win against a ranked opponent.

Series: Abilene Christian and UTEP have never faced off before. The two teams will converge in Fort Worth on Saturday morning to begin the second day of the TCU tournament.

ACU returns two starters, Jennifer Loerch and Sarah Siemens, who played in 113 sets for the Wildcats last year. Loerch averaged a stunning 3.71 kills per set on her way to tallying 419 total on the year. Siemens is the main distributor, and she assisted on 776 points during the 2014 season. The Bobcats are a relatively young team with 10 underclassmen and five upperclassmen.

Series: The two teams have met eight times in the past and the Miners hold the edge by taking five matches. Last year, TCU downed the Miners in a four-set match. Talia Jones notched a team-high 11 kills and Lindsey Larson secured her 11th double-double of the season with 34 assists and 13 digs.

The Frogs finished 2014 with a record of 17-15 and 6-10 overall in the Big 12. TCU’s most established player is Ashley Smith, a 2015 Preseason All-Big 12 selection. Smith paced the Frogs last year in kills with 333. Senior setter Alexia Heist tallied 836 assists during the 2014 season.

UTEP will begin the 2015 season with four student-athletes on the roster who were raised and trained outside of the United States. Canada is the most represented country with three players and Belgium follows with one. The success of outside hitter Coline Coessens (Belgium) and setter Lindsey Larson (Canada) has shown that seeking international talent could be a promising decision in terms of recruitment.

In the 2014 season, UTEP demonstrated it could dominate its digging skills. Together the Miners finished at 1,610, averaging 15.19 digs per set. Through the fearless defensive efforts, the Miners did not drop below an average of 14.00 per set. Defensive specialistsSarah Villa registered 265 digs followed by setter Lindsey Larson with 227. True freshman Coline Coessens recorded 224 digs and following in suit was defensive specialist Ashley Peak by tallying 202 digs. Senior Naomi Whitehair chipped in a total 163 digs to top off the 2014 campaign.

UTEP returns four starters and eight letter winners while adding six freshmen and a transfer. With a squad of 15, the Miners have six outside hitters, four defensive specialist, three middle blockers and two setters. Talia Jones, Lindsey Larson, Coline Coessens andAshley Peak are the returning starters for the 2015 campaign. Since her arrival at UTEP, Jones has seen action in 194 sets while making 48 career starts. The setter, Larson, has participated in 200 sets and started in 55 matches from 2013-2014. Peak, a defensive specialist,  has accumulated 32 starting appearances while participating in 189 sets in 2012 and 2014. Coessens played in 95 sets and earned a spot in the starting lineup for 26 matches.

Redshirt-freshmen April Luther and Kylie Baumgartner will be joining the Miners on the court after sitting out the 2014 season. Seven newcomers, including Tatum Winter, a junior college transfer from Scottsdale Community College, will also accompany the squad. Winter was named to the NJCAA players to watch list in 2015 and ranked eighth in conference with 0.98 blocks per set and a hitting percentage of .318. El Paso native Idalis Rodriguez is among the incoming freshmen who will be joining the 2015 team. She’s accompanied by Maddie Morgan, Ashley Grzebeniak, Niki Cebak, and Ali Vidali.

Ambitious Lindsey Larson was honored for her performance in the classroom and on the court, as she was named to the 2014 Conference USA All-Academic Volleyball Team. One out of four sophomores highlighted on last year’s team, Larson sports a 3.87 GPA in civil engineering. The setter is a two time C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medalist and has appeared on the C-USA honor roll from 2012-2014. On the court, the Canadian native led the Miners with 920 assists to rank ninth overall in conference. She registered 11 double-doubles, including 15 matches with 30 or more assists, and three with 30 or more assists. Larson collected a career-best 55 assists against FIU (11/7/14), serving the Miners their first home victory of the 2014 season

Standout Coline Coessens was named to the 2014 Conference USA All-Freshman Team. The outside hitter saw action in 95 sets and started in 26 matches last year. Playing all six rotations, she led the Orange and Blue in points (325), kills (279) and service aces (19). The Belgium native tallied a team-high nine double-double performances and chipped in 224 digs, 43 total blocks and 16 assists. She registered two matches with 20 or more kills and led UTEP in kills in 13 matches last season. Coessens became the first Miner to accomplish the feat since Jeane Horton and Melissa Toth in 2010. She was also the first All-Freshman honor in head coach Holly Watts’s tenure

Talia Jones was a strong asset at the outside hitter position, leading the team in serving aces in 2014. Jones recorded 21 serving aces averaging 0.24 serving aces per set. She ranked second on the team with 216 kills and third with 246.5 points. The junior registered nine showings with 10 or more kills and hammered a career-best 21 kills and 22 points in the victory against FIU (11/7/14). Jones delivered another career-best 10 digs against TCU (9/29/14).

Coline Coessens and Lindsey Larson led the Miners across the court last year, tallying 20 combined double doubles.  Larson paced the team with 11 double-doubles including a career-high 55 assists against FIU (11/7/14). The sophomore incorporated 15 matches with 30 or more assists and three with 50 or more assists. UTEP’s starting setter boasted 920 assists, 227 digs, 99.0 points, 72 total blocks and 53 kills last year. Coessens followed close behind with nine double-doubles including a career-high 25 kills against UAB (10/10/14) in leading the Miners to victory and ranking 10th most kills in a C-USA match in 2014. Defensively, the freshman recorded a career-high 18 digs versus FIU (11/7/14) and added 43 blocks (11s/32) and 16 assists.

Defending Conference USA volleyball champion WKU has been tabbed as the 2015 C-USA Volleyball preseason favorite, as voted by the league’s 13 head coaches. The C-USA Player of the Year from a year ago, Carnae Dillard of North Texas, was picked as the preseason Player of the Year. Last year in C-USA play, WKU’s went 15-1 on the way to a regular season title. UTSA is picked to finish second in the league, while the Miners are slated to place 11th.

Head coach Holly Watts has said during fall camp that she would love to see her team improve upon their serving and serve reception. Last year, UTEP allowed opposing teams to collect 145 aces. On the flipside, the Orange and Blue only registered 101 aces all year long to 151 service errors. On the receiving end, the Miners reception percentage was .936; that is a number the team must improve upon.

COESSENS CONTROLS IT ALLPacing both UTEP’s offense and defense in 2014, stud freshman Coline Coessens dominated on the court in her first season with the Orange and Blue. She topped the team with 325 points, 279 kills, and 19 service aces. In 2014, she boasted the second-most aces by a freshman in Conference USA. The outside hitter also tallied 10 double-double performances on the season having recorded 224 digs. Playing all rotations, Coessens registered 43 blocks (11s/32a) and 16 assists.

UTEP volleyball has featured 13 student-athletes from Texas on its roster in the past six years. It’s a testament to the youth, club and high school volleyball in the state. Currently the Miners have two Texas natives in the form of Idalis Rodriguez and Sarah Villa. Both Rodriguez and Villa are hometown talents from the Sun City.

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